meet sydney & justine

We have been Principals of The Albion Schoolhouse since
July 2014. We fell in love 6 years ago and live together in San Francisco with our teenage sons. This historic building is both home as well as a space where hassled souls come to relax & recharge.

Rabbi Sydney Mintz is a Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, the oldest and largest synagogue in Northern California founded during the California Gold Rush. During 18 years at Emanu-El, she created the award-winning Late Shabbat Program which is now the largest young adult Jewish membership in an American Reform congregation. Rabbi Mintz serves on the national board of
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and consults
with and American Jewish World Service.
She also serves on the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group for the US Secretary of State's Office and with Reform California. She was featured in the PBS documentary "American Jerusalem". Rabbi Mintz's sons attend University of California-Santa Cruz and Lowell High School in San Francisco. In 1989 she moved to the Bay Area from Chicago and soon became enamored with Mendocino County.  
You can listen to her sermons here.

Justine Shapiro grew up in Berkeley California and for 10 years traveled the world as the host of the TV travel show GlobeTrekker. Though she was born in one of the most beautiful places on the planet (South Africa) and has traveled through over 40 countries, Mendocino county is one of the most stunning spots she has ever set foot upon. Justine produces and directs documentary films. She was nominated for an Academy Award for PROMISES, a documentary about Palestinian and Israeli children. She also produced and directed OUR SUMMER IN TEHRAN a documentary film about the families she and her son Mateo spent time with in Iran. She enjoys sharing her films with students in classrooms around the Bay Area. She was most recently seen as host of the PBS series Time Team America which explores archeology in the US.
View some clips of her work here.